The Walking Dead US ratings drop to lowest in four years
Remember all those fans who promised to quit watching The Walking Dead after that brutal premiere episode? Well, they weren’t kidding.
The Walking Dead‘s ratings have suffered a drastic fall in the US, where it airs on cable channel AMC. The zombie apocalypse series started season seven with its second highest audience ever, 17.03 million, but this number dropped to 12.5 million for episode two and has since fallen further.
Last Sunday’s ‘Go Getters’ went below the 11 million mark for the first time since season three.
If you’ve watched the episode or read our review on ‘Go Getters’, this might make some sense – but still the drop is worrying. The Walking Dead has impressively sustained high ratings throughout seven seasons, with numbers never seeming to drop off like other television shows.
Speculation suggests that the reason for the drop in audiences may be because of the graphic murders of two fan favourite characters. Other suggestions are that the jumping about between different locations in the story might be making fans switch off. There’s also the fact that the premiere figures were abnormally high because of THAT Negan cliffhanger, and perhaps interest has dwindled now the mystery is solved.
The Walking Dead fans needn’t get too worried yet, however. 11 million viewers for any show, especially one in its seventh season, is still pretty phenomenal for US TV. And, apparently, the second half of season seven will be a departure from the slow, dispersed episodes we’ve been seeing so far.
The Walking Dead executive producer Scott Gimple recently told ComicBook.com: “It’s just a very, very different half season than the half season that preceded it. Even with structure, what we’re doing right now with the episodes and seeing where everyone is at, the structure is very, very different than the back half.”
He added: “There’s a lot more variety to the structure. It’s just a very, very different situation.”
We’re crossing our fingers the drama and the audience will come back!